Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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Codeine and Children Under 12 Don’t Mix

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Apr 14, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Medicine and the way we interact with it is always changing. Prescriptions that were once given without a thought to almost all patients have since been discontinued or limited to certain segments of the population. This is the case with codeine, a powerful cough medicine and pain reliever. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration looked at the practice of prescribing codeine to children and determined this particular medication shouldn’t be given to kids younger than 12 – for good reason.   

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Topics: codeine, respiratory failure, FDA, opioid, cough medicine

Don't Underestimate the Importance of the Almighty Nap

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 16, 2017 7:58:00 AM

Sleep is so important, especially for children’s developing minds. It’s where their little bodies will repair and prepare for growth and it’s when hormones are released that help with their development. But how much sleep is needed? And is there a routine that should be followed? These are questions I get from parents, so if you’re unsure about what to do or not do, you’re not alone! 

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Topics: infants, nap, toddlers, napping

Sibling Rivalry Driving You Up the Wall? Here’s How to Manage it

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Mar 22, 2017 7:53:00 AM

“He hit me!” “I didn’t do it!” “Yes, he did and because of how much it hurt I dropped the lamp!” I’ll bet you’ve heard similar exchanges between your kids. I’m also certain you’ve witnessed how intense and hurtful sibling rivalry can be. Common as it is, sibling rivalry can be difficult to manage. It’s important for parents to get control of it early, though, because it can affect children’s self-esteem, future relationships, temperament, family dynamics and more if it isn’t dealt with appropriately. 

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